Shippin' Out Aug. 16-22: Wolfenstein, Shadow Complex

Raven's supernatural shooter sequel spooks PC, PS3, X360; Epic's sci-fi shooter scrolls onto XBL; Raven Squad on PC, X360; Spectrobes: Origins for Wii.

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With the official end of summer nearly a month away, game releases will begin to heat up. Until they do, gamers can look forward to a number of shooting titles this week, including Raven Squad, Shadow Complex, and--most notably--Wolfenstein.

A whole new meaning to stormtrooper and blitzkrieg.
A whole new meaning to stormtrooper and blitzkrieg.

Developed by Raven Software under the supervision of id Software, Wolfenstein is a sequel to the 2001 shooter Return to Castle Wolfenstein. The new game drops players into the army boots of B.J. Blazkowicz, who is once again sent behind enemy lines to thwart Hitler's occult ambitions. For this go-around, players will harness the power of a sought-after artifact to combat Hitler's own freakish army of evil. Wolfenstein features robust online gameplay that includes three modes: Team Deathmatch, Objective, and Stopwatch.

At the tail end of Microsoft's Summer of Arcade promotion is Epic Games' sci-fi shooter Shadow Complex. Although the game is a 2D side-scroller, players can shoot enemies along a 3D plane as the protagonist rescues a woman from the clutches of a rogue paramilitary group. Shadow Complex costs 1,200 Microsoft points ($15). However, for those who buy all five Summer of Arcade titles, Microsoft will grant an MSP800 ($10) rebate.

Atomic Motion's Raven Squad, another gun game, is a mix of real-time strategy and first-person shooting. The jungle-themed title features two mercenary squads who parachute into the Amazon to save a kidnapped VIP from rebel forces. The game sports an online co-op mode, four-wheel vehicles, and an overhead satellite view for tactical control.

Besides the trio of shooter games, the episodic adventures of Tales of Monkey Island continue this week, with the second chapter of Telltale's adventure series sailing in for the PC. In the first episode, Launch of the Screaming Narwhal, franchise protagonist Guybrush Threepwood once again finds his wife kidnapped by the undead pirate LeChuck. Episode two picks up where the first left off, with Threepwood having just escaped Flotsam Island aboard The Screaming Narwhal and on the prowl for LeChuck. The release date for the WiiWare edition of Chapter Two has yet to be announced.

Meanwhile, Disney's Spectrobes: Origins will emerge on Tuesday. The action role-playing game allows players to excavate fossils and incubate them into the titular creatures. Once grown, the spectrobes can fight alongside the protagonist in the Wii-exclusive game.

For further details on the week's games, visit GameSpot's New Releases page. The full list of downloadable games on the PlayStation Store, Xbox Live Marketplace, and the Wii Shop Channel will be revealed later this week. Release dates are based on retailer listings and are subject to change.

AUGUST 16, 2009
No new releases scheduled

AUGUST 17, 2009
No new releases scheduled.

AUGUST 18, 2009
My Dress-Up--DS--Oxygen Interactive
My Make-Up--DS--Oxygen Interactive
Osmos--PC--Hemisphere Games
Paws & Claws Pet Vet--Wii--THQ
Raven Squad: Operation Hidden Dagger--PC, X360--Evolved Games
Spectrobes: Origins--Wii--Disney Interactive Studios
Sudoku Ball Detective--DS--Playlogic
War Leaders: Clash of Nations--PC--Dreamcatcher
Wolfenstein--PC, PS3, X360--Activision

AUGUST 19, 2009
Shadow Complex--X360--Epic Games

AUGUST 20, 2009
Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 2: The Siege of Spinner Cay--PC--Telltale Games

AUGUST 21, 2009
All Star 5-A-Side Football--DS--Oxygen Interactive

AUGUST 22, 2009
No new releases scheduled.

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